I have chosen ten topics which I propose as things everyone “needs” to know about Jesus. While believers will certainly be more familiar with each of them, I am convinced their basic truths are critical for anyone seeking the biblical Jesus. In fact, some of them may be the very subjects upon which one’s decision to seek God depends.
The topics are as follows: 1) Jesus is Eternal, 2) Jesus was God in the Flesh, 3) Jesus Loves Sinners, 4) Jesus had One Mission, 5) Jesus Made Truth Practical, 6) Jesus Had Authority over Everything, 7) Jesus Felt the Things We Feel, 8) Jesus Died in our Place, 9) Jesus Is Alive, 10) Jesus Is Coming Back. I feel certain many who see this list will want to make additions. If you are one of them I beg your patience as many other truths will be rolled into these major categories. I also readily admit this list it is incomplete, as will be my exploration of the ten topics I have chosen. My goal is not to be perfectly comprehensive, but rather to encourage us all to refocus on those traits of Jesus that matter most. I will be satisfied if I am able to steer only a handful from the self-absorbed mentalities so prevalent in our culture to an attitude that rejoices over God’s provision in His Son.
Ultimately, the things we “want” should be the things we “need”, and not the opposite. And contrary to what you might be thinking at this point, my desire is that we would all be passionately “wanting” to know Jesus in every way. The Hebrews writer shares this description: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven” (Hebrews 1:3). How could anyone read these words and not want to know more?